MBA/Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies
Since its founding more than a century ago, the University of Chicago has been a leader in Middle Eastern scholarship through its renowned Oriental Institute and other programs of study.
The joint MBA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies draws on this great tradition and allows students to pursue coursework through the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) to develop a comprehensive understanding of the history, culture, politics, and languages of the region as a complement to their MBA education.
Students take courses in a modern area language and have the opportunity to pursue their interests in such subjects as the ethnology or history of the region. Through this joint-degree program, students will further their understanding of the important political, cultural, and economic dynamics affecting this region.
This program requires the successful completion of an integrated master’s thesis and non-credited thesis writing courses, 1,300 units of CMES-only course credit, and 1,400 units of Booth-only course credit (+LEAD). This program is completed in three years.
Tuition is assessed on a per-course basis at the Chicago Booth rate for all courses for both degrees.
Courses For Booth
Courses for CMES
For detailed information regarding CMES’s curriculum, please visit the program’s website or contact CMES.
Individuals interested in this joint-degree program need to apply to Chicago Booth during Round 1 or Round 2. There is an additional essay that you will be required to write at that time. We will review your application and then send it to the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) for review. You will find out if you received admission to Chicago Booth at the admissions decision deadline of whichever round you apply. Please note that you will find out if you have been admitted to the MA in Middle Eastern Studies program at the Round 2 admissions decision deadline even if you applied for the joint program during Round 1. Admissions decisions are made completely independent of one another. If you have specific questions regarding the MA in Middle Eastern Studies program, please reach out to CMES.
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